Two young griffon vultures bred in captivity in Amsterdam Zoo will soon be released in Sardinia, as part of the LIFE Under Griffon Wings there.
The overall aims of this project is to rescue the Sardinian griffon population from a critical demographic situation (around 130 individuals) by mitigating the main threats limiting its viability. The main actions are:
- to establish a network of feeding stations, which will guarantee enough food supply to the vulture population – many of these are already working
- to establish an anti-poison dog unit and developing a communication actions to raise awareness on the threat caused by the illegal use of poisoned baits – this has indeed been done, and we see the first results
- restocking program: the liberation of 60 griffon vultures from Spain to resolve the critical demographic situation of the population - 41 vultures have already been transported to Sardinia and are waiting release
- mitigate human disturbance in the reproductive sites
- reinforce the local wildlife rescue centre by equipping it with the facilities needed for the rehabilitation of large vultures
The VCF supports this important conservation project which was developed by the University of Sassari in partnership with the Municipality of Bosa, the Forestry Agency and the Corpo Forestale di Vigilanza Ambientale. The project is implemented in collaboration with the regional Departments of Environmental Protection and Health, the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte and the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale of Sardinia, the Junta de Andalucia and the VCF.
The VCF provides technical expertise and advice, while at the same time securing and transporting the griffon vultures from Spain that will be released in Sardinia. They will now be joined by their two Dutch cousins.